Worcester County offers a dynamic growth marketplace, with multiple opportunities in retail, professional and health services. Our county offers a superb family-friendly lifestyle, outstanding school system and friendly towns, which when coupled with our low tax rate, enterprise zones and ready access to major metropolitan markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, means we are serious about attracting and retaining your business.

We’d like you to know that Worcester County ranks number one in the state of Maryland for in-state wealth transfer, which packaged with a growing population, means that opportunities abound. Our low tax environment, with the second lowest property tax rate and the lowest piggyback tax rate in Maryland means we are highly competitive as a business location. Our area boasts many attractive business incentives as well, including three enterprise zones in Berlin, Pocomoke City and Snow Hill. Worcester County is defined as a Small Business Administration HUBZone, meaning additional benefits for you and your business if located here.


Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for county citizens by increasing employment opportunities, expanding the tax base, protecting our environmental assets and creating full-time, family supporting jobs.

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Kathryn Gordon


Kathryn Gordon is Director of Worcester County Economic Development, providing leadership for business attraction and retention efforts while working on job growth strategy in the County. Ms. Gordon will continue to build and sustain partnerships in the County that will create new opportunities for job growth and business expansion. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Development, Ms. Gordon owned and operated several small businesses, encapsulating the very entrepreneurial spirit the department strives to establish within the local community. Ms. Gordon is an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), and the International Economic Development Council, allowing her to remain current on opportunities that promote economic growth and protect Worcester County’s rural character. She sits on the IEDC Sustainability Advisory Committee, focusing on the triple bottom line of creating sustainable social, environmental and economic well-being. Gordon also sits on the Career and Technology Education Local Advisory Committee to ensure its programs offered at Lower Eastern Shore technical high schools meet the economic and workforce needs of the communities. Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a Master’s of Science degree in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources from University Maryland University College. Ms. Gordon is currently completing the IEDC Certified Economic Developer program, recognized as the standard of excellence for the profession.

Lachelle Scarlato

Deputy Director

Lachelle Scarlato is Deputy Director of Worcester County Economic Development, working alongside the Director in business attraction and retention and economic growth in the County. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Development, Ms. Scarlato worked in local government economic development, is a licensed Realtor with a background in both residential and commercial real estate, and is a co-owner of several small businesses including two marinas located in the Northern Chesapeake Regions. Ms. Scarlato is a lifelong equestrian and horse owner who has a comprehensive understanding of the importance the agricultural community and its contributions to the economics of Worcester County and the state of Maryland. Ms. Scarlato is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, Maryland Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. Ms. Scarlato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland.

Tim Sherman

Business Consultant

Tim Sherman joined the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Eastern Region at Salisbury University in June 2015. He received his BS in Business Administration and MBA degrees from Salisbury University. Mr. Sherman’s background includes employment in the banking industry, serving as the Business Department Head and Occupational Education Dean at Wor-Wic Community College and Chief Loan Officer for Maryland Capital Enterprises, an alternative business lender. He uses his lending and educational experiences and skills to assist business growth in Worcester County.